About the Programs

The deadline for applications for the 2020-2021 school year has passed and applications are no longer being accepted.

Recipients are chosen based on need.

The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program provides scholarships to residents of Berks County who pay tuition to attend kindergarten through 12th grade in public or private schools located in Pennsylvania.

The Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) Program provides scholarships to residents of Berks County who reside within the attendance boundary of a state-defined low-achieving school and plan to attend a school that is participating in the program.

2020-2021 School Year Distribution:

Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program

149 applications received

12 students from 6 families received $60,991.20 in scholarships

Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program

173 applications received

49 students from 27 families received $245,048.50 in scholarships

Private School Tuition Assistance Fund

One student received $4,000

Total $310,039.70

About the Donors

The amount available for distribution each year is based on the amount donated to the Community Foundation for the program by businesses. The businesses receive a Pennsylvania state tax credit for their donation.

Donors for the 2020-2021 distribution year:

Avalon Insurance Company
BB&T
Comcast Corporation
Customers Bank
Elizco, Inc.
Fulton Bank
M&T Bank
Martin Stone Quarries Inc.
Mid-Atlantic Fire & Air Corp.
Orrstown Bank
The PNC Financial Services Group Inc.
Rawden Joint Ventures Inc.
Stratix Systems
Tompkins VIST Bank
UGI Storage Company
UGI Utilities Inc.
UHS of Pennsylvania Inc.
Univest Bank and Trust Co.
UPMC Health Plan
Weis Markets Inc.
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.